NEW YORK -- For 11 months, Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova went without a loss to his name, a span of 15 straight victories. But Nova's streak came to a decisive end as he was outpitched by Baltimore starter Jake Arrieta, who was masterful in pitching eight shutout innings and allowing just five hits in a 5-0 Orioles' victory on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Nova (3-1) managed to keep it close for six innings, trailing 2-0. But he was charged with three more runs in the seventh, starting with a leadoff home run by Nick Markakis. Nova hurt himself with four walks and allowed the first or second hitter to reach base in five of seven innings. By contrast, Arrieta, who is 3-1 lifetime against the Yankees, was a model of efficiency, striking out nine and walking none.
Nova's 5.18 ERA coming into the game indicated he's been far less commanding than last season, but somehow his string of 15 victories dating to June 3, 2011, against the Angels in Anaheim was intact. As a result, Nova had a chance to make history with a win to tie Roger Clemens' club record of 16 straight during the 2001 season.
"It's extremely impressive, especially in the division we play in and the competition you play in the American League," Joe Girardi said before the game.
Wieters led off the fourth by drilling a 2-0 changeup from Nova into the rightfield bleachers to give Baltimore a 1-0 lead.
Nova was his own worst enemy in the sixth, issuing a leadoff walk to Davis, who went to second on a wild pitch, reached third on a groundout and scored on Andino's second infield single of the game for a 2-0 Orioles' lead. Nova got out of the inning when Chavez lined into a double play.